‘The Secret Garden’ hits stage Saturday

Published 7:21 pm Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Something new is coming to the Luverne Public Library this weekend – a children’s theater.

As part of the 2013 summer reading program, LPL will sponsor a children’s theater production of “The Secret Garden,” on Saturday, July 13, at 1 p.m.

“Having a children’s theater is something we’ve never done before,” said library Director Kathryn Tomlin. “We have this troupe coming all the way from New Hampshire, and that will provide a unique opportunity for the children in our community.”

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Hampstead Stage Co., out of Barnstead, N.H., will present the play.

Tomlin added that “The Secret Garden” is a favorite among children’s stories.

“This is something that both children and adults will enjoy,” she said.

The play is for all ages and is free to the public.

This is an addition to the jam-packed summer program, including reading, crafts, baby lions, a 175-pound python, a magician and more.

Additionally, the teen book club will continue until August.

Tomlin said that Troy University student and library parent Beth Higgins has begun teaching “Healthy Kids” classes for the children.

“She is combining reading with fun exercises and information on healthy eating habits,” Tomlin said.

Ages 3-5 meet on Mondays from 3-4 p.m., ages 6-8 meet on Tuesdays, and ages 9-12 meet on Thursdays, all from 3-4 p.m. at the library.

The library will also sponsor “Lew-E’s Educational Circus” on Tuesday, July 16, at 10 a.m. at the John Harrison Cultural Center.

“We are very fortunate to be able to provide all of these things for our children,” Tomlin said. “The library has many, many supporters, and we can’t say thank you enough to them.”

For more information, please call the library at 334-335-5326.